Kazakhstan’s SCAT Airlines operates first flight to Egypt’s Sharm El-Sheikh since COVID-19 shutdown
Ahram Online, , Friday 11 Sep 2020
Tourists were received with a water salute and roses, the civil aviation ministry said

Kazakhstan-based SCAT Airlines on Friday operated its first flight to Sharm El-Sheikh since Egypt resumed international flights in July, a statement by the civil aviation ministry read.

The flight arrived from Kazakhstan with 234 passengers on board, landing at Sharm El-Sheikh International Airport, the statement read.

Tourists were received with a water salute and roses, the ministry said, and their airport exit procedures were facilitated. The ministry also said that precautionary measures, including social distancing, were maintained, to ensure the safety of visitors and employees.


Egypt reopened its international airspace on July 1 after three months of closure in the wake of the coronavirus.

The country has seen a decline in coronavirus cases since August.

A total of 154 new cases and 13 deaths were reported on Thursday.

Egypt’s flagship carrier EgyptAir announced in September it was resuming flights to Accra in Ghana and Abuja and Lagos in Nigeria.

Earlier this month, the airline announced the resumption of flights between Cairo and Moscow starting in the middle of September, a few days after Russia announced the resumption of flights to several countries, including Egypt.

Egypt requires travellers of all nationalities who arrive at its airports to present a negative PCR test result for the coronavirus.

Visitors arriving at any of four airports in Red Sea and South Sinai governorates can take a coronavirus test upon arrival.